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Tanot Mata temple at Jaisalmer

If you have visited the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, you should have to go to Tanot Mata Temple because it represents a holy place for the purity and divinity of the goddess. I have personally experienced the unique aura with mesmerization at the highly-revered Tanot Mata ka Mandir. Tanot Mata ki aarti by BSF in the temple should not be missed. BSF does this without fail in the morning and the evening. Tanot Mata in Jaisalmer is not just famous for the above-said things, but holds a great relevance and has historic significance as well. I had a chance to visit this temple on my tour of Rajasthan. This was the second temple that I visited after the Om Banna temple.

At the Tanot border and temple, the great BSF personnel is present to protect the local people. You can connect with them to know the Tanot Mata temple history and how the glory of the temple associates with the Indian Army. If you’re interested to know how to reach Tanot and timings for visiting the temple, just read the full article in the below sections. You can visit the temple at any time of the day, but I prefer morning and evening. This is because the Tanot Mata ki aarti is something that happens at 6 AM/PM by BSF and that is not to be missed.

Tanot Mata Temple History

In 847 AD, the highly admired Tanot Mata ka mandir has established with the idol diety. The temple has constructed after Tanot became a kingdom of the city ruled by Bhati Rajput King Tanu Rao. In 1965, the BSF supervised the temple’s maintenance, and RAC took the same responsibility later. 

Ammunitions that did not explode

Tanot Mata temple has many unique stories, and miraculous events have occurred during the Indo-Pak Wars of 1965. For instance, 3000 bombs failed to explode on the temple and the Indian Army. In 1971, the same miracle happened, and only one small unit of BSF repulsed the Pakistani Army’s sudden attack. 

Tanot Mata ki aarti by BSF

Watch the electrifying atmosphere in the temple where the BSF personnel are doing the daily rituals. DO NOT MISS THIS!

How to Reach Tanot?

It is very easy to reach Tanot from Jaisalmer. I have reached Tanot within two hours via road from Jaisalmer. Different taxis are available to get the Tanot Mata ka mandir. There are private and government buses as well. You can directly go to the bus stand and inquire. When you visit the Jaisalmer, I could insist on going to the Tanot Mata temple because it gives a more memorable and devotional trip. Again do not miss the Tanot Mata ki aarti by BSF.

Wind mills on our way to Tanot from Jaisalmer

I traveled on a bike to reach the temple and enjoyed a lot viewing an adventure land. You can easily rent a bike from Jaisalmer and road around the town or go to Tanot and come back. It connects the two places are embellished with windmills and a flock of animals like deer and camels. My trip to the Tanot Mata Temple was fascinating and more devotional than none other. 

Best time to visit Tanot Mata Temple?

The preferable time for visiting the Tanot Mata ka Mandir is between November and February (Winters). Here, the temperature is not high, and the weather is pleasant in these months. March till July months strictly avoidable as it gets too hot. 

In Tanot, the Navratri celebrations perform during April and September, and BSF serves the free lunger. The temple is decorated with beautiful flowers, and a massive number of devotees visit the Tanot Mata Temple from all parts of India. Especially during Navratri.  

Attractions near Tanot Mata Temple

I have also explored other locations near Tanot Mata ka Mandir including Jaisalmer Fort, Thar Desert, Gadisar Lake, Kuldhara, and Thar Heritage Museum. Listing all the places below.

Jaisalmer Fort

Interior of Jaisalmer fort

It would have taken a two-hour drive from Tanot temple to reach Jaisalmer Fort, also called the Golden Fort. The view of a fort mesmerizes me with its gold and yellow sandstones. It had built-in 1156 A.D. by Raja Jaisal and one of India’s largest forts. It is too crowded though. The shop owners inside the fort actually live inside the fort. They are the folks who served the king of Jaisalmer.

Thar Desert

Jaisalmer is a town amidst the desert. Nearby attraction from Tanot includes longewala border and the war museum. I had a chance to visit the border at Tanot and longewala post on my last trip. Check out the vlog below.

Visiting Tanot and Longewala Border

As we all know, the Thar desert is the largest one in India, and let’s experience the beautiful sandstones. I have enjoyed myself there, especially with camel safari, dance performances, night camps, and dune bashing. This was at sam sand dunes near Jaisalmer, do not miss the excellent scenery at sunrise and sunset at this place. The place situates at a distance of 70 km away from the temple. Check out the vlog below.

Sam Sand Dunes

Kuldhara Village

Kudhara Village

The location is famous as a ghost town and takes 2 hours from the Tanot temple. Surprisingly, I got to know why it is a so-called ghost town. The state minister in the city Mr. Salim Singh had decided to marry the village chief’s girl. Additionally, he warned that the whole village should suffer the consequences if the proposal rejects. The village people moved away from the place not to agree with the minister’s demand, and the location abandoned not to see the human settlement again. 

Thar Heritage Museum

Thar Heritage Museum

You can visit the museum in the primary market only. As I was excited to know the historical things, I went to the museum and learned the culture, history, and architecture structures at the Thar Heritage Museum. However, try not to move away from the museum without experiencing the animated puppet show.

So this was all about the Tanot Mata temple and the places nearby that you can visit on your trip to Tanot Jaisalmer. If you have any questions related to the Tanot Mata Temple in Jaisalmer, please leave them in the comment section below.

Charan Mandir in Jaipur

Throughout my entire life, I have always been an upfront and enthusiastic traveler as well as a travel lover. Whenever I had some extra money, I always used to travel in hills, seas, or jungles. But this time, I planned for a religious outing as this was equally important to me. I wanted to learn about Indian mythology by exploring the spiritual places of India, thus decided to first visit the Charan Mandir in Jaipur. Later on, I got to know that Charan Temple in Jaipur is an ancient Krishna temple in Rajasthan. It is a holy place of worshipping for Hindus. Charan Mandir at Nahargarh is a place where peace prevails.

When I delved deep, I discovered that the location of Charan Mandir in Jaipur is on the way to Nahargarh Fort. It is in the middle of Nahargarh Reserve Forest. Later on, my friends told me that what I discovered, that was only the Charan Mandir at Nahargarh. It is also on the way to Nahargarh-Jaigarh. My friends also told me that, I can see the footprints of Shri Krishna naturally inscribed here.

Vlog on the temple

You might know by now that, I make a lot of video logs on my YouTube channel. Here is the vlog for the temple. Hope you guys like it. Do share and subscribe, as it motivates me to make further vlogs.

My Agenda behind the Writing

It was the initial stage. In the next phase, I will discuss with you my journey and experience during the visit to Charan Temple in Jaipur. I am sure that readers and viewers will find certain help and inspiration from my write-up. Moreover, I am also hopeful that they will at least visit Charan Mandir at Nahargarh once in their lifetime. Besides, I feel truly glad and lucky to share my experience with you all. So, let us continue.

Reason to visit Charan Mandir in Jaipur

Inside of Charan Mandir

Charan Mandir at Nahargarh is a place, where peace, serenity, and tranquility reside. With the help of the local guides, I got to know that, this Charan Temple in Jaipur especially opens for the devotees at sunrise and closes at sunset. I found it to be quite an interesting fact.

Besides that, I became attracted to the fact that the Charan Mandir in Jaipur is the natural home-ground of forests. I was sure of the fact that I will get to see many species of wild animals and birds in Charan Temple in Jaipur from my research. Not only this but also the place is filled with marvelous bird watching points.

Charan Mandir at Nahargarh offers the best view of Nahargarh forest from the top. The sunrise at this place is also mesmerizing. Altogether, this place will offer you a very sober and refreshing experience.

Click here to see sunrise points in Jaipur.

How will you reach Charan Mandir in Jaipur?

Charan Mandir in Jaipur falls on the way to Nahargarh Fort from Amber Road. Moreover, Charan Temple in Jaipur situated exactly between Jaigarh and Nahargarh. With the combination of these two, you can easily reach Charan Mandir at Nahargarh.

You can easily reach Charan Mandir in Jaipur by car, taxi, or cab. You can also reach there by the mode of renting a bike or car from Jaipur. Although when I traveled, I reached there by the means of renting a car.

For your detailed understanding, here is the nearest bus stand, railway station and airport with their consecutive distances from the Charan temple in Jaipur.

  1. Sindhi Camp Bus Stand (15.3 KMs from Charan Mandir in Jaipur)
  2. Jaipur Railway Station (17.8 KMs from Charan temple in Jaipur)
  3. Jaipur International Airport (26 KMs from Charan temple in Jaipur

What can you do in Charan Mandir in Jaipur?

Drone view of the temple

In addition to the Nahargarh forest, you can also have a breathtaking view of the Jalmahal forest from the Charan temple in Jaipur. I have been an amused witnesser of this forest myself. Furthermore, this temple in Jaipur will offer you a very calm and peaceful environment around.

Likewise you can also remain a spectator of various wonderful and interesting places around Charan Mandir at Nahargarh just like me.

I am mentioning the tourist spots with their respective distances from the temple so that the mapping plan for reaching there remains easy and flexible for you.

  1. Nahargarh Fort (2.2 KMs from Charan Mandir in Jaipur)
  2. Jaigarh Fort (4.2 KMs from Charan temple in Jaipur)
  3. Amer Fort (8.7 KMs from Charan Mandir in Jaipur)
  4. Gaitore ki Chhatriya (9.9 KMs from Charan temple in Jaipur)
  5. Hawamahal (12.4 KMs from Charan Mandir in Jaipur)

The Speciality of Charan Mandir

Finally, once I have completed my visit to the Charan temple in Jaipur, I realized that it is not one of those usual temples of a city with its standard and general architecture and layout. Rather, Charan Mandir in Jaipur is well equipped with an unusual layout with a huge tower attached to it.

In addition to that, there are even complex and fortified walls situated at its perimeter. Charan temple in Jaipur also preserves a large water storage tank. Also for an instance, it is a commendable aspect that, I didn’t have to face any vendors, sellers of beggars in Charan Mandir at Nahargarh. This offered me an uninterrupted journey throughout the temple.

Marigold Sunrise in Jaipur

Fortunately, I was able to capture a moment from Charan Mandir at Nahargarh which is near to the Charan Mandir in Jaipur. I found out that, with the onsets of winters, the sunrise represented the sun in a very mild avatar. Mesmerizingly it replicated the color of a Marigold flower.

It was one of my very unique and exceptional memories from Charan Mandir in Jaipur.

Summing Up

In addition to these, there are also very many beautiful hotels, restaurants, and resorts where you can receive a very comfortable stay. Moreover, these places will give you ample time to chalk out your journey. I have shared the rest of the important details as per my capability.

I hope that these will help you and you will come out with more and more experiences to share. This way we can have a collective experience and acknowledgment. If you have any questions related to the temple, please leave them in the comments below.

OM Banna Temple

We all know about this premier destination site, Rajasthan. There are a lot of surprises awaiting you. One such is OM Banna Temple, the sacred pilgrimage site near Chotila village, in Pali district. If anyone passes through the Jodhpur-Pali highway they make sure to visit the temple for a safer journey. For your information, the location is 20km away from Pali whereas 53 km from Jodhpur. Strangely enough, it has an unusual deity of a motorbike. However, the secret local story about OM Banna Mandir many won’t believe. I am embedding a YouTube video from my YouTube channel. This video is from my tour of Rajasthan and has coverage of the entire temple. Also, I would show you OM Banna images & photos. Also, the famous OM Banna motorcycle.

Story behind the temple

OM Banna motorcycle

You must be curious to know the story behind it. The story is all about a Rajput person named OM Singh Rajput. Dated back in 1991, he was returning to his home Chotila. He was riding his bullet motorbike when he met with an accident. He hit a tree and died on the spot where OM Banna Mandir is situated now. Police intervened at the accident site.

To clear the accident site, on the Jodhpur-Pali highway. From below the tree, police shifted the bike to the police station. But to great astonishment, the bike went back to the same location where OM bana died. This incident happened repeatedly. The bike drove to the same tree by itself. Locals became aware of the incident and decided to build a bus stand near the tree. But, in course of time it emerged as an OM Banna Temple.

Relevance of the temple for locals

Om Banna photo along with his motorcycle

The place began to be considered sacred. It brought a source of income for the localities. Shops selling flowers and worship items sprouted. Travelers and localities gather in numbers to offer their prayer. Whoever trespass the Jodhpur-Pali highway stops to pay homage to bike baba. The majority of truck drivers stop for drinking water. But, mandatorily visit the temple dedicated to OM Banna motorcycle. People strongly believe that blessings from bike baba will make their journey safer.

The motor-bike God of Rajasthan has lots of followers. Local people as well as travelers, flock to the temple to pray. Flowers and even alcohol offerings are made to the 350cc bullet motor-bike in form of offering. It is believed if prayed with sanctity and devotion, the bullet baba will bestow is a blessing. So if you are traveling via Jodhpur-Pali highway never skip a visit to OM Banna Mandir.

Om Banna temple location & time to visit

Does the story of OM Singh Rathore’s bullet motorbike interest you? The bizarre temple can be your next destination to visit. The opportunity to mingle with Rajasthani localities lies at your disposal. You can learn about the Rajasthani culture and cherish it. The best season to visit is September to the end of March. Better avoid the sandy hot weather of summer. The temple is quite simplistic. The Om Banna images depict so.

About the temple

Motorcycle of Om Banna inside the temple

If you are a passionate explorer, and curious to know more about the hidden treasures of Incredible India this temple is a serene place you can choose. Rajasthan is a place also popularly known as the land of kings. There is an ample number of castles, forts, and monuments. But OM Banna temple would be worth visiting.

So if you have plans to visit Rajasthan. Especially eager to visit the temples of Jodhpur and Pali. Make sure to visit this shrine dedicated to OM Singh Rathore. Spending some quality time with family is possible. Come and enjoy the tranquillity of the shrine. Unlike any other temple in OM Banna mandir, the deity is strange. A motorbike gets worshipped with full dignity.

The temple doesn’t constitute any carving or artifacts. It is simple, and modern compared to other temples of the state. Devotees flock to the site with incense sticks and flowers to offer. Utmost devotion and commitment towards bullet baba are seen and guaranteed you would enjoy the peace that prevails in the OM Banna mandir.

The experience

Remember to visit the shrine in the season suggested if you want a comfortable experience. Summers are hot, and it won’t be pleasurable. It would be advisable to mingle with localities to know more history of the place. In the course of the discussion, you may come to know about other destinies of interest similar to OM Banna temple.

The shrine has improved the socio-economic status of the place. Sources of livelihood have developed. Shops have emerged where local people have started earning by selling items of worshiping bike baba. An increase in attending visitors would help them earning handsomely. Courtesy blessing of bike baba, localities can fulfill their wishes. Therefore, the OM Banna motorbike has created a fortune for the localities.

Tour of Rajasthan – Vlog – Ft Om Baana


Summing Up

The lack of knowledge and popularity of the places worth visiting remains obscure. In India, numerous destiny of interest has remained untouched. If you consider Rajasthan, target tourist destinations are Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Dilwara, etc. but, temples bearing rare storyline behind remain unobserved. One such place of worship is OM Banna temple.

Only local people can share stories behind such bizarre temples. Visitors might find them absurd. But belief is a belief no one can challenge. But it remains a mystery how the motorbike returned to its place where the accident occurred. Psychologically locals have believed there must be some divine power that simultaneously grew into a temple. Hence next time you visit Rajasthan, including OM Banna mandir in your visit list. Undoubtedly you will find the shrine fascinating. 

Any questions related to OM Banna images & photos, the famous OM Banna motorcycle, please leave them in the comment section below.

Sun Temple in Jaipur

If you are a morning person then Jaipur has a lot to offer. There are a lot of places in and around Jaipur that you can visit in the mornings to get a spectacular view of the pink city. Sun temple in Jaipur is one of the places that early risers love. Suryan Mandir or better called the Sun Temple in Jaipur, Rajasthan is the first man-made structure in the city to get the rays of the sun every morning. Surya Mandir in Jaipur as called by the locals is located on the route of Galta temple which is also known as monkey temple. In this article, I would elaborate in detail everything that you need to know including the sun temple Jaipur timings & what please you can visit around the sun god temple in Jaipur.

History of Sun temple in Jaipur

Sun temple as seen from a nearby hill

Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and his courtier Diwan Rao Kripa Ram played a significant role in constructing this temple in the 18th century. The temple stands on a rocky outcrop in Jaipur and is a part of the Aravali hills. This is one of the most beautiful heritage temples across the city. I love coming here in the morning as you get a spectacular city view.

If you notice the temple in situated or rather built on the eastern side of the city. This is because the sun rises from the east as we all know.

Furthermore, Jaipur city is built on the guidelines of Sthapatya Veda. This is an ancient system of knowledge that involves the connection between the people and the places where they stay and work. This is also similar to the concept of Feng Shui.

How to reach Surya Mandir in Jaipur

There are a lot of ways to reach the temple. Let me list each one of them.

  • Easily accessible via public transport from all around the city. Local buses are the cheapest option although they are time-consuming considering the city traffic.
  • If you are multiple visitors then it is best to hire a cab to the temple. This is better than traveling in crowded buses especially at these COVID times.
  • Another way of visiting this temple is the fun way which is on a cycle. If you are fond of cycling. You get a cycle on rent and head towards the temple in the morning.

The reason why I mentioned the cycle is because of the fact that there are many trails around the temple on which you can ride your mountain bikes. No road bikes, no hybrids this is a place specifically for mountain bikers.

In fact, the Sun temple in Jaipur is a paradise for mountain bikers. So either you can connect with me for this or check out different cycling groups in Jaipur.

From Galta gate to Surya Mandir

Whatever means of commute you take you are going to reach Galta gate first. From the gate, you need to climb a cobbled pathway all the way to the temple.

This cobbled pathway is 0.71 km long and has an incline grade of 3.5%. This info I wanted to add incase you are a cyclist and want to come to the temple on your bike.

Along the pathway, you will see a lot of small temples. Each one has its own significance. When I go I make a point of spending time in each one of them. Especially if you get a chance to visit the temple in the morning be a part of the “Aarti” that happens. It is mesmerizing.

Sun temple Jaipur timings

The temple opens up at 6 AM and closes at 7 PM. When we go early we usually reach before 7 AM as we do not intend to miss the morning Aarti.

Even though Sun temple Jaipur timings are from morning 6 to evening 7, this depends on the season too. In winters make it an hour later in the morning and in evening come back an hour early. This is for obvious reasons that the nights are longer and days are short.

This place is beautiful but it is packed with wild animals. The temple priests have claimed to have seen leopards and panthers late in the evening. So just make sure that you are back before the dark and don’t stay till late.

Panaromic view of Jaipur city

From this temple, you get to view the most mesmerizing view of the pink city Jaipur. Just to see this view I go to Surya mandir in Jaipur very often.

Trails around the temple

Trails around the temple

This place is ideal for mountain bikers and hikers. It has an abundance of wild trails around which are fun to hike and ride on.

These trails are amazing and even though it gets you a little warmed up and makes you sweat they’re worth it.

Each trail takes you to a point from where you can get the panoramic city view.

For mountain bikers as I said it’s heaven as the trails are fun to ride on around the sun god temple in Jaipur.

Riding on the trails around the temple

Summing up about Sun temple in Jaipur

This is a place which is ideal for tourists as this place is away from city noise and hassle of touts, beggars or peddlers. You are going to enjoy the place if you are a mountain lover and if you love spending time in peace.

We got to Surya mandir in Jaipur almost every week with our cycling group as we get to witness peace with adrenaline-filled trail riding.

Furthermore, if you love mountains you are going to love this place.

Surya Mandir Video Log

I made a vlog for the temple recently with my cycling buddies. Embedding the link below. Watch and share with your friends and please do not forget to subscribe.

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I got to the sun god temple in Jaipur frequently. So, if there are any questions that you may have, please drop them in the comment section below. I would love to answer them. Thank you for reading the article and I welcome you with an open heart to my city.